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Old 31 August 2009, 12:02   #1
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Water Flushing

I run my outboard using bunny ears or ear muffs connected to the hosepipe today and the water took a little while to come through at around 20 seconds. I've never noticed how long it has taken to get through when the boat is in the water but I have noticed that it is usually a good strong flow. However, from the hosepipe it didn't appear to be as strong a flow as usual. Is this normal or should I get the impeller checked out and is it an expensive job. Should I cry and sob now?
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Old 31 August 2009, 12:07   #2
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It was pumping well when we were out that day. I know sometimes on muffs the telltale isn't as strong as when in the water.
I wouldn't worry about it at the moment just check it next time your out. On my Mercury it takes about 10 secs.
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The honda one is rubbish on the muffs. We at the sailing club have a bucket now for the club ribs as people were unable to connect them up etc. As for the time, it is not instant, never timed it but yes it is slower to pick up and jet out.

Try running in a fresh water bucket and see if that helps, make sure the water is well over the inlets.
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Comforting comments indeed my not so middle aged friend. I love the quote bud and yeah, ya right, we'll see how it goes next time she's dropped in the brine. The wife wanted me to take her ditch crawling (up the river at York) (the boat not the wife) (I'm dead if she sees this) to see if it was down to the ear muffs but I managed to get out of it by doing one of those jobs I really hate - doing the garden!
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My wife keeps threatening to fill my boat with the garden!
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Hi RAD, yeah I tried that but couldnt get a big enough container to get the level above the intake. Even the dustbin was too small to get the lenght of the cavitation plate in. Just had a thought though, "Council owned wheelie bin"!!!!!! Cheers.
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Hey Chewie, my wife is digging a big fooookin hole in our back garden. You get your garden in your boat I'll get mine burried in the garden...... I can see it coming...... and she aint a pretty sight..... Oh bugger!
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I did have two boats in my parents garden, one on my drive and one in the harbour so I can see why she was less than happy, get the Land Rover to put on the drive this time home!
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That's why I could never find a boat.... you had em all!
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Hi RAD, yeah I tried that but couldnt get a big enough container to get the level above the intake. Even the dustbin was too small to get the lenght of the cavitation plate in. Just had a thought though, "Council owned wheelie bin"!!!!!! Cheers.
For bigger motors, cold water tanks, as used in lofts work well
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